Stalag Oflag POW Prisoner of War camps in Germany and Poland


Stalag and Oflag POW Prisoner of War Camps

A Stalag was the term used during the First and Second World War for prisoner-of-war camps in Germany. The word Stalag is an abbreviation of the German word: Stammlager. At each Stalag the German Army set up sub-camps called Arbeitskommando to hold prisoners in the vicinity of specific work locations. These kommandos ranged in size from a handful of POWs working on a farm to several hundred prisoners working in coalmines or quarries. An Oflag - from the German word: Offizierslager - was a prisoner of war camp for officers only. In accordance with the requirements of the Third Geneva Convention, officers held prisoner at Oflags were not required to work

Probably the best known of these Prisoner of War camps is Stalag Luft III, a massive camp near Sagan, Silesia, Germany (now Żagań, Lubuskie, Poland). This camp was the site of spectacular escape attempt (later filmed as: The Great Escape). On March 24, 1944, 76 Allied prisoners escaped through a 110 m long tunnel. 73 were recaptured within two weeks. 50 of them were executed by order of Hitler. Other notable camps include the notorious Oflag IV-C, the Colditz Castle prisoner-of-war camp for "incorrigible" Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped from other camps; Stalag II-B just outside Hammerstein in Pomerania (now Czarne, Pomorskie, Poland), where treatment of prisoners was considered worse than at any other camp in Germany established for American POW; Stalag III-C, where up to 12,000 Soviet prisoners were killed or starved to death, near Küstrin, Brandenburg, Germany (now Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Lubuskie, Poland); and Oflag II-C, a Prisoner-of-War camp comprising of up to 5,000 Polish officers and orderlies, in Woldenburg, Ostbrandenburg / Neumark, Germany (now Dobiegniew, Lubusz, Poland).

This website focuses on the Oflag and Stalag POW camps, which were located in the east of Germany during the Second World War, but since the redrawing of the borders of Germany in 1945, are now mostly located in Poland. It will include personal accounts of everyday life for a prisoner of war in German Stalag and Oflag camps. Below is a list of the Prisoner of War camps, which this site will cover in detail. Follow the links to find information on these individual Oflags and Stalags. 

See also: Map of POW camps; Full list of German POW Camps; Guided Tours  

Name of POW Camp Location of Camp Current Polish Name
Stalag II-B Hammerstein / Schlochau Czarne Czluchowski
Stalag Luft IV Gross Tychow Tychowo
Stalag XX-A Thorn Toruń
Stalag II B Arnswalde Choszczno
Stalag II D Stargard Stargard Szczeciński
Stalag III C Alt-Drewitz / Kuestrin Drzewice / Kostrzyn
Stalag III B Fuerstenberg Fuestenberg
Stalag II-A / Oflag II-E Neubrandenburg Neubrandenburg
Stalag II-C Greifswald Greifswald
Stalag II-H Raderitz Nadarzyce
Stalag XXI D Posen Poznan / Poznań
Stalag Luft IV Gross (Groß) Tychow Tychowo
Stalag Luft III Sagan Zagan
Offlag II C Woldenberg Dobigniew
Offlag III B Tibor / Züllichau Ciborz / Sulechów

Stalag Oflag Concentration Camps

oflag 17 POW camp Germany
Oflag 17 POW Camp Germany

Stalag POW camp Germany
Stalag Prisoner of War Camp Germany

Oflag POW camp Poland
Oflag POW Camp Germany

woldenber oflag pow poland
Stalag Camp Currency


Stalag Luft POW Camp

World War 2 stalag kommandos
Stalag Luft POW Camp

arbeitskommandos working on German farm
Arbeitskommandos 

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